Fifth grade curriculum is rich in the teaching of United States history, from the early explorers through the Revolutionary War. Students can be immersed in the vast literature of historical fiction that brings our country’s early beginnings to life. Through literature circles, students are taught an author’s point of view; they engage in thoughtful conversations about their reading; from their reading they can research the historical documents that support the novels they are reading.
And this is just the beginning! Does your child prefer to read about science, numbers, and fact related material? Does your child have a thirst for information about rockets? space? inventions? Does your child prefer fantasy? sports? biographies? Allowing students to self-select much of their reading material promotes more time with a child’s eyes on text as they learn about their world and the people in their world. From their reading, their world opens up to their writing and the many genres of writing that they will encounter in life.
Our 5th grade students traditionally take a one week outdoor education field trip. This tradition will continue as we create our articulated science and history based field trip program. Our field trips are embedded in our curriculum with a significant amount of instruction linked to these field trips. Student learning begins before and extends after the field trips!
It goes without saying that we look to our 5th grade students to embrace and utilize the Life Skills as they grow and develop as responsible citizens. Our teachers continue to reinforce and build upon the prior learning of our students as they advance in their education.